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  • Gifts that keep on giving

    Grace Place
    Jada Walker approached her mother, Megan, with an unusual request. She asked her mother if she could give shoes to other children instead of getting presents for her eighth birthday. Jada turned 8 years old on May 11.
    After asking Jada if she was sure, Megan called Melanie Harper, director of Lancaster County Children’s Home. Harper put her in touch with Carol Lee, co-director of Grace Place.
    Grace Place is an afterschool ministry which provides homework assistance and supervised playtime for the children of the Brooklyn neighborhood.

  • Rodeo to feature The Tams, Uncle Si

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls Rescue Squad is gearing up for the sixth annual Great Falls Rescue Squad Pro Rodeo.
    The squad will feature “Dancing with The Mighty Tams” on Friday, June 7. The dance is at the old Republic Ball Field behind the Great Falls Presbyterian Church. Gates open at 4 p.m., and the dance will be held from 6 until 10 p.m.
    Tickets are $20 for individuals or $30 per couple and are available online at www.greatfallsrescue.org or at the gate. Parking is free.

  • Are e-cigarettes less dangerous?

    By Tara Baird
    USC School of Journalism
    Ron Sena of Charleston saw his first electronic cigarette while on a cruise with his wife.
    A smoker for 40 years, Sena was aware of the regulations surrounding smoking in restaurants, so he was surprised when a man pulled out what looked to be a cigarette in the dining room.
    “Hey, guy, you can’t smoke in here,” he remembers saying.
    He was intrigued by the answer he got: it’s water vapor, not smoke.

  • Lancaster County Adult Education

    There were 35 beige chairs on the Bundy Auditorium stage inside the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building on Wednesday, May 29.
    For the night, one of those chairs belonged to Monica Dye, and rightfully so. The wife and mother of two earned that coveted spot after earning her high school diploma through the Lancaster County Adult Education program. This year, 140 students completed their course work, but only 35 took part in the ceremony.

  • Lancaster High School

    There was a bit of a last-minute scramble in the past few days before Lancaster High School graduation.
    Until the final grades came in, Marcus Smyre was a clear front-runner for salutatorian; however, last week it was discovered Emily Fitzpatrick, who was ranked No. 3 in the previous grading period, had tied Smyre with a GPA of 4.895 for the No. 2 position.
    “This is the first time in my years of being here that we’ve ever had something like this happen,” said LHS school guidance counselor Eric Byrd.

  • Indian Land High School

    INDIAN LAND – It’s not that there was an absence of decorum during Indian Land High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31. There was plenty, and it was moving.
    But forget about a somber, slow “Pomp and Circumstance,” total silence during the processional and rigid adherence to staid commencement traditions under penalty of public humiliation – Indian Land High School’s class of 2013 had a last dance celebration.
    And why not? They had a lot to be happy about.

  • Carolina Christian Academy

    Each year the senior class at Carolina Christian Academy selects a theme.
    The senior class of 2013, Justin Coy, Krishna Patel and Candice Tate, chose the theme “A Walk to Remember” to lead them throughout the year. That central thought even took precedence at their graduation ceremony.
    The Rev. Gary Underwood, associate pastor at West Monroe (N.C.) Baptist Church even focused on that walk in his commencement address.

  • Buford High School

    The themes of live, laugh, love and learn were not lost on Buford High School senior class president Hunter Faile.
    Brushing away a few tears, Faile was overwhelmed by the significance of the occasion as she implored her fellow 140 graduates on Friday night to always set their sights high.
    “It has been said we must shoot for the stars because even if we miss, we’ll land on the moon,” Faile said. “We never know where life will take us.”

  • Andrew Jackson High School

    KERSHAW – Austin Parker took his classmates down memory lane – back to the first day of kindergarten when their parents shed tears and snapped plenty of pictures with their cameras.
    Fast forward more than 12 years later.
    Things haven’t changed much, except the fact that many of those photos are now taken with fancy smartphones. Those tears were as present as ever.
    Parker, salutatorian of the 2013 graduating class at Andrew Jackson High School, had a nostalgic moment during his address Friday afternoon, May 31, inside the school’s gym.

  • HOPE in Lancaster gets boost from Food Lion MVP program

    HOPE in Lancaster
    HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, Inc. is participating in the Food Lion Community Rewards program to earn much needed funding for the non-profit Christian charity.
    “We need your help and support to maximize our fundraising effort,” said Elaine Adkins, HOPE executive director.
    The mission of the faith-based, nonprofit organization is to provide short-term emergency assistance to those in crisis. HOPE is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013.